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How to plan a legal wedding in Italy ? The process of planning a legal marriage in Italy actually varies quite considerably depending upon the couple’s nationality. The requirements also vary from region to region within Italy as, although there are common Italian marriage laws, each region or town interprets these differently. Unlike many other European countries however, there are no residency or minimum stay requirements. Generally speaking, civil ceremonies must take place at the local town hall, and ceremonies held outdoors or in castles or villas are not legally recognised. There are a few regions in Italy that do allow civil ceremonies in certain venues outside of the town hall however, and the list seems to be growing slowly. Catholic wedding ceremonies must always take place in a Catholic church. The documentation required to marry in Italy is basically the same for all nationalities, however the process of applying and the names of the various documents will vary for each individual Embassy. The basic documentation requirements are; Venice and the Veneto – What could be more romantic that a gondola ride down one of Venice’s many canals, cruising beneath the Rialto bridge, sipping espresso in Piazza San Marco or wandering its narrow laneways after dark? Verona perhaps, with its cobbled streets, ancient arena and its shrine to the greatest lovers of all, Romeo & Juliet. […]

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